Wentworth

Junction of the Murray and Darling rivers, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1305

Situated at the confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers, Wentworth was once a busy inland port. With the introduction of the railways it became quieter and is now an attractive and peaceful holiday town with a rich history.

Visitor Information

66 Darling St; (03) 5027 5080

www.visitwentworth.com.au

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In Town

Old Wentworth Gaol The first Australian-designed gaol by colonial architect James Barnett. The bricks were made on-site from local clay, and bluestone was transported from Victoria. Construction took from 1879 to 1891. Closed as a gaol in 1927, the building is in remarkably good condition. Beverley St.

Pioneer World Museum: over 3000 historic artefacts including space junk, prehistoric animals and the country's largest collection of paddleboat photos; Beverley St.

Sturt's Tree: tree on the riverbank marked by explorer Charles Sturt when he weighed anchor and identified the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers in 1830; Willow Bend Caravan Park, Darling St.

Fotherby Park: PS Ruby, a historic paddlesteamer (1907), and statue of 'The Possum', a man who became a hermit during the Depression and lived in trees for 50 years; Wentworth St.

Lock 10: weir and park for picnics; south-west edge of town.

Historical town walk: self-guide walk includes the town courthouse (1870s) and Customs House (1 of 2 original customs houses still standing in Australia); brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Perry Sandhills These magnificent orange dunes are estimated to have originated during the last Ice Age, around 40 000 years ago. Skeletal remains of mega-fauna (kangaroos, wombats, emus and lions) have been found here. In WW II the area was used as a bombing range, but recently it has been used in film and television. The Music Under the Stars concerts are held here each Mar. Off Silver City Hwy; 5 km NW.

Mungo National Park: 157 km N; see Balranald.

Yelta: former Aboriginal mission, now a Victorian town with model aircraft display; 12 km SE.

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens: the desert blooms with some exotic and colourful plant life. There are tractor/train tours of the gardens and a light lunch the last Sun each month; 28 km SE.

Pooncarie: 'outback oasis' with natural 2-tier wharf, weir, museum and craft gallery; 117 km N.

Harry Nanya Aboriginal Cultural Tours: travel to Mungo National Park with a Barkindji guide; brochure and bookings at visitor centre.

Heritage and nature driving tours: various sites include Mildura and Lake Victoria; brochure from visitor centre.

Houseboat hire: short- or long-term river holidays; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Wentworth 1 km

As you work your way down the Murray, you’ll find locks near most of the major towns. The locks create deep, holding water, which is especially good news for anglers chasing Murray cod. There’s one at... Find out more


Curlwaa 7 km

Curlwaa is downstream of Mildura, between Dareton and Wentworth. The boat ramp is nothing flash – a basic dirt facility suited to smaller boats. A kilometre or so upstream from the ramp is the old Abbotsford... Find out more


Fort Courage 17 km

One of my favourite destinations is Fort Courage. Little more than a caravan park with a boat ramp, Fort Courage is about 20 km drive out of Wentworth on the road to Renmark. It has great fishing for families or angling... Find out more


Euston 93 km

Euston began as Boomiarcool Station in 1847, growing into a small township and subsequently a busy inland port, from which a fleet of paddlesteamers and barges transported the consignments of wool and wheat along the... Find out more


Robinvale 95 km

We trolled at little more than a fast walking pace, the electric motor giving off a light humming noise. Behind the boat, a couple of large bibbed lures were swimming deep, about a metre off the bottom, their action... Find out more


Boyanda 99 km

The red ochre cliff near the Boyanda grape farm is a popular launch site for anglers fishing the Murray River midway between Robinvale and the small horticultural town of Wemen. A track follows the river from Happy... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Robinvale 95 km

Robinvale Wines, near Robinvale, produces a wide variety of wines, certified organic and biodynamic, with no chemicals used.... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Mildura Brewery 24 km

Breweries pop up in some rather exotic locations but this is the first I’ve encountered in a former cinema. Once known as the Astor Theatre, the main building is a lovely example of Art Deco architecture, which has... Find out more


Campsites around town

Horseshoe Bend camping area (bush camping) 14 km

Near the township of Merbein, 10 km north-west of Mildura, is Horseshoe Bend, also referred to as Merbein Common. There are a number of bush campsites along this stretch of the Murray River that will give you a sense of... Find out more


Wallpolla Island camping area (bush camping) 14 km

Overnight visitors to Wallpolla Island take advantage of the dispersed bush camping on offer to spread themselves out. You may see whistling kites on the hunt around the river. If you’re interested in fishing here,... Find out more


Sun City Caravan Park 27 km

Sun City is situated in Mildura, which occupies a series of snaking bends shaped by the Murray River as it flows past. The caravan park is on an orderly plot of land beside the town centre, which is convenient if you... Find out more


Kings Billabong camping area (bush camping) 33 km

Bush camping is allowed around the billabong, as is the digging of pits for wood fires – check the guidelines with the rangers. There are toilets near the pump station, and there’s a boat ramp at Bruces Bend.... Find out more


Lake Cullulleraine Holiday Park 35 km

Lake Cullulleraine is a man-made feature 59 km west of Mildura that owes its water stocks to Lock 9 on the Murray River. The holiday park sits on the lake’s black box and reed-fringed foreshore, from where visitors... Find out more


Bushmans Rest Caravan Park 36 km

This park offers plenty of grassy, well-shaded sites. It’s situated on the pretty, peaceful shoreline of man-made Lake Cullulleraine, which means quick access to safe swimming and unhurried canoeing. The walking... Find out more


Gol Gol State Forest camping areas 43 km

This forest with camping areas is 24 km east of Mildura via the Sturt Hwy.... Find out more


Lake Victoria State Forest camping areas 58 km

Lake Victoria State Forest is 55 km west of Wentworth via Rufus River Rd.... Find out more


Rocket Lake camping area 60 km

Rocket Lake is a salt lake situated in the north-eastern corner of the national park. You can get here from Nowingi on the Calder Hwy via the Nowingi Line Track, which crosses the Raak Plain. Alternatively, take a look... Find out more


Kemendoc National Park 61 km

This park is accessed via Tapalin Mail Rd off the Sturt Hwy, past Euston Regional Reserve, and is an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Mildura Golden River Holiday Park 21 km

This is a very good quality park on the banks of the Murray River, 4.5 km west of the town centre in a quiet off-highway location. The park has a range of accommodation, a heated pool and a boat parking area. Bookings... Find out more


Mildura Deakin Holiday Park 23 km

Strategically located on a highway junction, this good quality caravan park is just a short walk from Mildura Centre Plaza. It is a convenient spot for an overnight stay or a few days. It has disabled ensuite sites.... Find out more


Apex RiverBeach Holiday Park 24 km

The beautiful setting of this park, with its shady trees, green lawns and the river winding by, makes it a favourite of ours. Large and spacious, the park is located 4 km west of Mildura opposite a popular swimming... Find out more


Calder Tourist Park 24 km

This is a very good quality, centrally located park. It is close to Mildura Centre Plaza and easily accessible from the Sturt and Calder highways. A pancake breakfast is provided on Sunday mornings. Bookings are required... Find out more


Buronga Riverside Caravan Park 25 km

Located on the banks of the river close to the bridge and opposite Mildura Wharf, this park has plenty of space for larger rigs. Shady trees and a pool complete the picture. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


The Palms Caravan Park 27 km

This is a quality park in a quiet area on the edge of town, and will appeal to those travelling with dogs. There is a great dog exercise area and dog bath facilities. The place has a range of accommodation and bookings... Find out more


Rivergardens Tourist Park 28 km

This is a great riverfront park on the Sturt Highway close to Mildura, 1 km from the centre of Gol Gol. It is a good owner-operated establishment with a range of accommodation and good facilities. Bookings are required... Find out more


Lake Cullulleraine RSL Holiday Park 34 km

This is a council-owned park on the banks of Lake Cullulleraine. There are green lawns, shady trees and a kiosk that opens during busy holiday periods. This is a good basic park at a budget price (cash only). Pets are... Find out more


Robinvale Riverside Caravan Park 95 km

The park is on the banks of the Murray River, just 1 km from the town centre. There is a large expanse of green lawn and shady river red gums. It is great for a few days at a budget price. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Gol Gol park area 29 km

At Gol Gol

Overlooking the river at the south end of town.


Trentham rest area 33 km

16km SE of Mildura (R) or 67km NW of Euston (L)

Large area just off the highway.


Johansen Reserve rest area 35 km

At Cullulleraine

Under shady trees on the shores of a lake. Camping available at adjoining caravan park for a fee.


Bottle Bend camping area 42 km

T/O 15km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 57km NW of Euston (L)

Located 2km (unsealed) south of the highway among large trees on the riverbank. Overnight camping only.


Spences Bend camping area 57 km

T/O to Nangiloc

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 1km north of Nangiloc.


Mallee Fowl rest area 57 km

48km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 24km NW of Euston (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.


Watts Bend camping area 63 km

T/O to Colignan

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 1km south of Colignan.


Murray Kulkyne Regional Park camping area 69 km

T/O to Colignan

Dispersed campsites on a riverbank 10km (partly unsealed) south of Colignan in Murray Kulkyne Regional Park.


Mail Route rest area 70 km

48km SE of Gol Gol (R) or 24km NW of Euston (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.


Lake Mournpall camping area 77 km

T/O 52km S of Red Cliffs (L) or 34km N of Ouyen (R)

Natural bush setting on the shores of the lake in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. Located 15km (partly unsealed) north-east of the highway.


Lake Hattah camping area 82 km

T/O 52km S of Red Cliffs (L) or 34km N of Ouyen (R)

On the edge of the lake 6km (partly unsealed) east of the highway in Hattah-Kulkyne National Park.  


Victorian Border rest area 95 km

18km E of Paringa (L) or 1km W of Victorian border (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.


Lake Benanee rest area 100 km

16km E of Euston (R) or 64km W of Balranald (L)

Well off the highway on the shores of the lake.


What's on around town

Brekkie and Train Tour: Inland Botanic Gardens; 4th Sat each month.

National Trust Festival Week: Apr.

Country Music Festival: Sept–Oct.

Wentworth Cup: horserace; Nov.

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